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Als ich mit meinem ersten Kind schwanger war, stellte die Ärztin mir eine Reihe von Fragen rund um meinen Zyklus. Wann war die letzte Blutung? Wie lange hatte ich mit meiner Menstruation zu tun? Wie stark verlief wann die Blutung? Als wenn ich Zyklusbeobachtung betrieben hätte.
Alles Dinge, die mich zum damaligen Zeitpunkt total überforderten. Ich hatte keinen regelmäßigen Zyklus. Selbst eine Zyklusbeobachtung hätte damals erstmal nichts gebracht, da ich erst kurz vorher die Pille abgesetzt hatte. Dieser Teil meines Frau-Seins verlief absolut unregelmäßig, unabsehbar und ich war wirklich unglücklich damit. Es gab zuvor auch niemanden, der mir das nahegebracht hätte. Dass es Sinn macht, zu beobachten, aufzuschreiben und zu vergleichen, was in den verschiedenen Monaten passiert.
Verlosung einer Heftreihe zur Zyklusbeobachtung auf dem Blog von mamadenkt.de
If people don’t think women’s bodies are being controlled, they aren’t looking hard enough.
In contrast my husband got a vasectomy and no one even once suggested I might have an opinion on that.
ok so lemme take a minute here to just be fucking mad as all hell.
I don’t like to butt in on people’s posts, lord knows I don’t like starting shit but lemme take a second to tell y'all about getting ur lady bits put out of comission.
I, at the age of 12 years, was diagnosed with PCOS. For you that don’t know what that is, PCOS, or Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a LIFELONG medical condition where groups of cysts grow on your ovaries causing the production of female hormones in your body to go batshit nuts and cause a whole sideshow of different symptoms such as but not limited to:
- Irregular cardiac function (it’s a scary time)
- severe weight gain and trouble losing weight (i may eat healthy and work out daily but until I was down to 1-2 meals a day of spinach i wasn’t losing weight)
- severe adolescent acne, and adult acne
- extra hair on the face, chest, arms, legs, thumbs, belly and back (I shave my face everyday before class and usually before I go to bed)
- thinning hair on the scalp due to an excess of male hormones
- irregular or no periods
- HEAVY periods
- EXTREME PERIOD PAIN
- depression and anxiety
- pelvic pain
- increased risk for type 2 diabetes
- Increased for all female reproductive cancers due to infrequency of periods
Now, TMI, but I recently had my first period in 6 FUCKING YEARS. Due to the nature of PCOS generally when you have a period it’s because one of the cysts on your ovaries has burst releasing a flood of hormones into your system as well as built up toxins. Basically, when I had mine my body went into full on panic mode, nausea and vomiting, extreme fatigue, mood swings like you wouldn’t believe, my body went from being relatively alright to the cliffs of fucking Gallipoli in an hour flat. The kicker was on top of all that I had cramping so bad I actually blacked out.
Given that I know this is likely to happen again before I reach menopause, I decided to book an appointment with my local Planned Parenthood (applaud those lovely people and what they do) to see what my options were to make sure it never happens again. After telling me about various hormonal treatments they could prescribe me (not pills but IUDs shots and various other things) I asked them if it was possible for me to get a partial hysterectomy. A partial hysterectomy removes the uterus but keeps the ovaries so that they still are able to produce estrogen. The lady I had the appointment with looked at me with a look of the utmost pity and told me that unfortunately due to my age there would be likely no chance for any doctor to do it. When I pressed her on the topic she said that the most common excuse doctors will give you for it is that you’re too young, you might change your mind and want to have children later in life.
Now I dunno if y’all reading this are currently seeing anything wrong with this scenario here but I was told that I, someone who can’t have kids, doesn’t want kids, has never wanted kids, and would be put at severe risk of life threatening complications, have to have had children before anyone would consider giving me a surgery that not only would undoubtedly improve the quality of my life but also remove
Well, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to get a referral from her during the appointment, I went home and decided to research this bullshit. Turns out that there is something commonly evoked when women want to have any part of their reproductive system put out of commission called the three child rule. Basically if you are young, doctors usually wont let you get either a hysterectomy or a partial hysterectomy UNLESS you have already had three children.
HOLD THE MOTHERFUCKING PHONE FOR A WHOLE SECOND AND THINK ABOUT THIS
By most doctors standards, YOU are REQUIRED as a woman to PHYSICALLY GIVE BIRTH to at least 3 CHILDREN before you are able to have any of your reproductive system removed or decommissioned.
And that isn’t even the worst part of it all, these standards DO NOT change when the patient is at high risk for reproductive cancers!
How fucking miserable is it that to take control of your own fucking health in a first world country a woman has to have submitted to the gender roles of having children or actually have contracted cancer or some other immediately life threatening condition.
On the flipside of this is woc and undocumented women being coerced into sterilization by doctors like??? This is a very important feminist issue but recognize how differently it goes if you’re a woc, an undocumented woman, an incarcerated woman, etc
L0031936 Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Intersex Society of North America
www.isna.org PO Box 3070 MI 48106-3070
‘Phall-O-meter’ (Showing in actual scale current
medical standards employed to determine nature of
genital plastic surgery for children born with
mixed sex anatomy)
In copyright ?
Collection: Wellcome Images
please reblog the fuck out of this
… what the— is this legit!?
Yeah it is. The phrase “three standard deviations below the mean” is the common reason for removing a male fallus and assigning the baby a female gender.
If you think about it, this actually sums up, pretty well, our society.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new and is still used today. ~Mod A
can someone explain this to me in Lehman’s terms pleSe? im confused and don’t know why everyone’s losing their shit because i don’t really understand the diagram
Okay, so there’s a wide variety of genitals out there. Here is a very simplistic chart of a spectrum genitals can fall on:
Basically the clitoris and the penis are the exact same thing, very similar anatomy. Doctors will define it as a clitoris or penis depending on 1. if it has a urethra going through it and 2. it’s size. The diagram is the one they use to decide if they want to call the baby a girl or boy or intersex. Many babies are put through genital surgeries (sometimes without the parent’s knowledge or permission) to make them look more like a penis or more like a vulva which can cause many health problems as it is a surgery, or other problems related to being assigned a gender. Any kind of surgery that isn’t necessary for health should not be performed on babies because they cannot consent.
AND THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY SEX IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT!
i dont usually see tumblr talking about intersex rights and issues, so i am really happy to see this on here. please spread this information, because too many people dont know the truth about how intersex babies are assigned genders via surgery. 1 out of 1500 children are born intersex, and 1 out of 1000 children are given surgery to ‘normalize’ their genitals. this is a horrible and disgusting statistic that needs to be brought to everyones attention
october 26th (this sunday) is intersex awareness day, please spend some time reading about this issue. its extremely important and not well known
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